2/26 Morning Buzz

PA-state-flag6Wolf previews his budget address, Shapiro raises half a million dollars in a single night and the choices for the Philly Port Authority are revealed. Good morning politicos, here’s the Buzz!

PA-Gov: Wolf Reveals Tax, Job and Budget Proposals: The new Governor teased his plans before his first budget address next week.

Shapiro Has Big Fundraising Night: The Montgomery County Commissioner is building up his war chest for 2015 (and possibly 2016).

PA-Gov: Wolf Selects Board for Philadelphia Regional Port Authority: John Dougherty is among Wolf’s picks to the PRPA board.

PA-Gov: Harrisburg Buzzing with Speculation of Wolf’s “Fairer Tax System”: The Governor could be set to propose major changes to the state’s tax system.

Statewide
State House Sound Bites: GOP Cool to the Tax Plan that Cometh
State House Sound Bites: Medical Marijuana Hearing Prompts Tense Exchange
PA Independent: Pennsylvania Ponders Extras for Film Industry in Shadow of $2.3 Billion Deficit
StateImpactPA: Federal Court Weighs in on Air Emissions Controversy in Pa. Gas Fields
StateImpactPA: Senate Committee Approves Shale Gas Health Bill
PLS Reporter: Medical Marijuana Proponents Gear Up for Continued Fight
PLS Reporter: On Wolf’s Corporate Tax Proposal, Republican Leaders Agree the Devil Is in the Details
PLS Reporter: Compromise on “Paycheck Protection?”
Capitolwire: Wolf Budget to Propose Corporate Tax Cut, Combined Reporting
Capitolwire: Senate’s Medical Marijuana Bill Faces Uphill Battle in the House
Capitolwire: On Liquor, House Democrats to Let Wolf to Do the Talking
Capitolwire: House Education Members Announce New Select Subcommittee on Technical Education and Career Readiness

Philadelphia
Philly.com: Biden Checks Off Another 2016 Early State in New Hampshire (AP)
Philly.com: Jeff Gelles: Sifting Through the Net Neutrality Smog
Philly.com: Wolf Taps Evans to Run SEPTA Board
Philly.com: GOP Lawmakers Accuse Yellen of Playing Politics
Inquirer: Pa. House Oversight Chairman Introduced Internet Gaming Bill
Inquirer: Wolf and GOP Resolve Nominee Dispute
Philadelphia Business Journal: Gerard Sweeney Johnny Doc Selected to Join Philadelphia Regional Port Authority

SEPA
Delco Daily Times: Concord OKs Liquor License for New Wegman’s
Delco Daily Times: Wolf Seeks to Cut Corporate Tax in Half, Eliminate Loopholes
Delco Daily Times: 5 Things to Know About Medical Marijuana Hearing in Harrisburg
Delco Daily Times: Strath Haven High in Top 5 for SAT Scores
Bucks County Courier Times: Wolf Reverses Course on Recall of Bucks County Judges
Pottstown Mercury: Dorms May Come to MCCC West Campus in Pottstown
Pottstown Mercury: Spring-Ford Area School Board Approves $10,000 Donation to SNAP Post-Prom Party

Pittsburgh
Tribune-Review: Wolf Proposes Halving Key Corporate Tax
Tribune-Review: Allegheny County Controller wants Judge to Enforce Audit Subpoenas
Tribune-Review: Doctors Debate Caution vs. Medical Need for Medical Marijuana in PA
Tribune-Review: Gaming Board Fines Two Western PA Casinos
Tribune-Review: Rep. Kelly Pulls Offer to Buy 40% Stake in Butler Blue Sox
Post-Gazette: Legislation could Remove some Public University Salaries from Public View
Post-Gazette: Development Plans in Allegheny County Built Around Wishlist for PA Aid
Post-Gazette: DeLuca Bill would Put Limit on PA Lawmakers’ Outside Income
Post-Gazette: AP: Fearing Lawsuit, Philadelphia-area Town Latest to Repeal Gun Laws
Early Returns: Baldwin-Whitehall Activist to Seek Seat on Board

Southwest
Beaver County Times: PennDOT Announces Funding for Area Airports
Altoona Mirror: Cambria Commissioner Aiming for a Second Term
Tribune-Democrat: Reformers Target Automatic Raises for State Lawmakers
Observer-Reporter: Superior Court Hears Arguments on Release of Gas Well Chemicals

NEPA
Times-Tribune: Landfill Officials Answer Questions at DEP Hearing on Expansion
Times-Tribune: Auditor General to Investigate Scranton Pension Plan
Times-Tribune: Candidates Line Up for Lackawanna Commissioner Posts
Times-Tribune: Attorney: Pension Board Responsible for Double Pension Errors
Pocono Record: Too Big to Manage?
Times-Leader: Yannuzzi to Seek Second Term as Mayor
Times-Leader: GOP Eyes PA Liquor Store Sell-off
Times-Leader: Luzerne County Government must Come up with More than $500K for Union Rates

South Central
York Daily Record: Springettsbury civil rights complaint: Money is the bottom line for settling civil claims
York Daily Record: York closer to food-truck bill
York Daily Record: 5 things to know from medical marijuana hearing in Harrisburg
Harrisburg Patriot News: Medical marijuana ‘mama bear’ vows to continue fighting for her daughter
Harrisburg Patriot News: Another bill restricting union dues collection advances in Pa. Senate
Harrisburg Patriot News: Private clubs seek higher prize limits, other changes to small games of chance law
Harrisburg Patriot News: Liquor privatization: ‘We’re going to pass it tomorrow,’ Pa. House leader says
Harrisburg Patriot News: Medical marijuana proposal excites debate in Senate committee hearing
Harrisburg Patriot News: Gov. Tom Wolf unveils cut in key Pennsylvania business tax rate
Harrisburg Patriot News: ‘Let’s move everything out of the way,’ says House medical marijuana supporter
Harrisburg Patriot News: Where does your lawmaker stand on No Child Left Behind education law?
York Dispatch: York County reps split on upping judges’ mandatory retirement age
Lancaster Intelligencer/Era: City worries EPA will mandate additional stormwater controls costing taxpayers $100-$400 million
Roxbury News: Wednesday at the Capitol Newsroom

Lehigh Valley
Morning Call: Ex-Gov. Ridge urges Congress to keep paychecks flowing to Homeland Security workers
Morning Call: Gov. Tom Wolf unveils business tax and job plans
Morning Call: Olga Negron declares run for Bethlehem City Council
Reading Eagle: Jeffrey Nein announces he’s running for mayor of Reading
Reading Eagle: Wanted: People to run for local political offices
WFMZ: Wolf seeks to halve corporate tax rate, broaden its reach
WFMZ: Reading mayor teams up with first lady to end veteran homelessness
Express-Times: Easton council approves three-year police contract
Express-Times: Condo community manager running for Easton council

North by Northwest
Centre Times Daily: Harris Township supervisors at stalemate on vacant seat
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Commissioners to apply for grant for juvenile program

Opinion
Tribune-Review: The Kistler Mess: Partial Integrity
Post-Gazette: Student Suspension has a Role in Keeping Order
Tribune-Democrat: No Energy Policy, only Wishful Bliss
Times-Tribune: Speak Up, Don’t Dump on the Future
Bucks County Courier Times: Better Luck This Time
Philadelphia Weekly: Can Tom Wolf Really Kill the Death Penalty?
PA Independent: Pennsylvania Legislature Grew Deserves in Tough Budget Times, Audit Says
Reading Eagle: Free fall ends in the oil market, but fuel remains cheap
Express-Times: House Republicans holding Homeland Security funding hostage
Harrisburg Patriot News: Will uproar over Harrisburg parking produce needed changes

Blogs
Citified: Cities Are Powering the U.S. Jobs Recovery
Citified: Why Philly’s GOP Doesn’t Support Its Own Council Incumbents
Citified: The Candidate Conversations Series: Meet Nelson Diaz, Latino Philadelphia’s Elder Statesman
Citified: The Brief: The Mayoral Campaign’s Big Tax Reform Idea
Keystone Crossroads: First in Pa.: Free Citywide Public Wi-Fi Coming to Lancaster
Keystone Crossroads: Scranton’s Distressed Pensions Under Investigation for Overpayment
Keystone Crossroads: What Should Your City Do with Its Waterfront?
Commonwealth Foundation: PA Union Campaign Contributions Exceed $10 Million
Commonwealth Foundation: Culture, Not Government, Drives Alcohol Use

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